From: Doug Ewell (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Jan 04 2009 - 12:29:35 CST
Hans Aberg <haberg at math dot su dot se> wrote:
> Certainly the widespread use of Internet increases the risk of
> conflicts, and combined with the intense information flow might make
> no one bother resolving those conflicts by hand. Then the PUA will in
> effect only be private.
> But might it not be possible to use Internet technologies to resolve
> those conflicts automatically? For example, one might identify them
> say via a hash code, like in magnet links
One problem might be that a magnet link would provide only a hash value
of the private agreement, not the agreement itself or a link to it. To
me, "transmitting the private agreement" means not only uniquely
identifying it, but also giving the user a chance to access it and use
it to decode the text.
For years my Ewellic-script pages written using the ConScript encoding
have carried an HTML comment saying so, and providing a link to the
spec, but nobody would ever see that unless they selected "View Source."
A more standard and accessible approach would be welcome.
> It would require a way to find the character hash code and the
> computer software knowing how to search for them. For example, if
> there is a Unicode character meaning "PUA URI", then what follows
> could be the hash code identifying it.
In the past I would have said, "Unicode would never encode such a
character," but given recent events I can no longer make such a
black-and-white statement about any encodable entity. However,
considering the animosity often shown toward use of the PUA, it seems
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